New Online Courses

Thank you for your interest in online courses at Colorado School of Mines. Feel free to explore the schedule of online classes below. You will find enrollment resources for new learners and alumni or current Mines students at the bottom of the page. Visit the Online Learning resource to learn more about being an online student.

January 7–May 8, 2019 (16 weeks)

EBGN576 Managing and Marketing New Product Development

Course Description: This course provides a scientific approach to developing and marketing new products and services which are often critical to the success of firms competing in engineering and technology based industries. The process we follow is designed to accelerate time-to-market while efficiently gaining market validation and acceptance early on. We will step through the new product development process in detail, applying tools and rigorous techniques to execute each process step along the way. Participation in this course involves developing, testing and launching a real-world product or service. Applicable to commercial, government and non-profit initiatives. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hour. Visit the EBGN576 informational page for details about the course. 

Instructor: Dr. Sid Saleh

SPRS591 Space Resources Project I

Course Description: This course will provide graduate students in the program with directed team-based project learning by exploring the design, planning, and analysis of a mission, process, or systems for space resources assessment, extraction, and/or utilization. The course will meet formally twice a week for one hour and include a 10-15 minute discussion on relevant design aspects of space mission, processes, and/or systems. In this regard, it will build on content learned in the Space Resources Fundamental and Space Systems Engineering courses. Students will collaborate in multi-disciplinary teams of up to 5 students. Teams will be advised by the course instructor with significant industrial aerospace design experience and supported by faculty affiliated with the Space Resources program from relevant disciplines on campus. For teams with students in space resource economics, detailed economic analysis will be incorporated into those projects. Student teams will prepare a preliminary design, planning and analysis report early in the semester, one interim progress report, and a final report and project presentation. This course will guide the students and teach them good design and analysis practices and principles for missions and/or systems related to space resources. Co-requisites: SPRS501 and SPRS502. 

Instructor: Dr. Christopher Dryer

SPRS592 Space Resources Project II

Course Description: The Space Resources Design and Analysis II course will provide graduate students in the MS-NT and Ph.D. degree programs in Space Resources with an independent design and analysis project. This project, which will be guided by the course instructor and a technical advisor, will enable the student to delve deeply into a particular system related to space resources prospecting, extraction, processing, and/or utilization. As much as possible, projects will be coordinated with industrial or government agency partners who are collaborating with the program. The course will involve weekly meetings with the course instructor and all students in the course where ideas are exchanged and progress discussed within the context of design and analysis principles learned in the pre-requisite course SPRS591. Students will be partnered with a faculty member affiliated with the Space Resources program. The student will prepare a final report and presentation to present to industry collaborators, space resources faculty, and other students in the course. The final report and/or presentation as appropriate will be converted to a journal or conference publication and/or presentation and resources from the program will support student costs for publishing and/or presenting the work. Prerequisite: SPRS591. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. 

Instructor: Dr. Christopher Dryer

Visit the Space Resources website for more information on the program.

January 7March 3, 2020 (8 Weeks)

CEEN401/501 Life Cycle Assessment

Course Description: Which is more sustainable: paper vs plastic, hybrid vs electric vehicles? LCA is a powerful tool used to answer these questions; LCA quantifies the environmental sustainability of a product or process. Students will learn to conduct an LCA during a semester-long project of their choosing. At the end of the course students should be able to sit for the ACLCA professional LCACP certification exam. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours

Instructor: Dr. Amy Landis

FEGN526 Static & Dynamic Applications in FEA

Course Description: This course teaches the student how to build models and solve finite element simulations with the com­mercial FEA software, Abaqus. The Abaqus pre-processor, Abaqus/CAE, is used for all coursework. Hands-on exercises introduce the student to linear static and dynamic analysis with Abaqus/Standard and Abaqus/ Explicit. Prerequisite: FEGN525. Online course, approximately 15 hours per week, 3 semester hours. For more information about this program, visit the FEA Professional webpage.

Instructor: Dr. Stephen Geer

MNGN548 Integrated Information and Mine Systems Management

Course Description: This course presents facilities external to the mine that are necessary to support and maintain mining and waste handling operations, gather, store, and evaluate operating and maintenance databases. Focus will be on systems integration, emerging trends, automation, internet of things (IoT), managing bid data systems, cyber security, sensors, and data evaluation. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. For more information about this program, visit the Mining Engineering and Management webpage.

Instructor: Dr. Sebnem Duzgun

SPRS501 Space Resources Fundamentals

Course Description: This course provides an overview of the space resources field, including the current knowledge of available resources in the Solar System, extraction and utilization systems under development, economic and technical feasibility studies, legal and policy issues, and space exploration architectures that may be enabled by utilizing extraterrestrial resources in the near future. The course will build broad knowledge and develop confidence in problem solving in the space resources field. Prerequisite: Working knowledge of physical sciences, engineering fields, or economics at an advanced undergraduate level, with basic numerical analysis skills using a programming language or spreadsheet calculations. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Visit the Space Resources website for more information on the program.

Instructor: Dr. Christopher Dreyer

SPRS503 Space Resources Graduate Seminar

Course Description: The Space Resources Graduate Seminar will engage graduate students in the program with current research and developments related to space resources assessment, extraction, and utilization. The course, which will meet once a week, will provide students opportunities to engage with invited guest speakers who are industry, government, and academic leaders in the space resources field. Students will be asked to prepare a few short reports on research related to guest speaker seminars. Students will also prepare and deliver at least one technical presentation on their own work and/or that of others and lead a discussion on the topic of interest. This course will instill knowledge and confidence in the students to enable them to critique, articulate, and present concepts and relevant research and development in space resources. Co-requisite: SPRS501. 1 hour seminar; 1 semester hour. Visit the Space Resources website for more information on the program.

Instructor: Dr. Angel Abbud-Madrid

SPRS598 International Space Law and Policy

Course Outcomes:

  1. Define, classify, and apply international law to the law of outer space, its associated fields, and the applicable rules, regulations, and policies.
  2. Explain the role played by the United Nations in creating and maintaining the Outer Space Treaty regime
  3. Critically analyze the multilateral agreements between States that make up the main body of international space law.
  4. Articulate the principles and evaluate the policy reasoning as well as ethical considerations underlying the past, present, and future uses of space for civil, military, and commercial development, particularly space resource utilization.
  5. Identify, interpret, and examine problems and gaps in international space law with a view to future problem solving.
  6. apply space law and learn to develop effective policy recommendations when presented with real world or hypothetical scenarios.
  7. Understand the relationship between international space law and domestic space law.

Instructor: Dr. Andrea Harrington

Visit the Space Resources website for more information on the program.

March 9May 6, 2020 (8 Weeks)

FEGN527 Nonlinear Applications in FEA

Course Description:This course explores common nonlinearities encountered in structural applications of FEA. Students will gain proficiency in modeling geometric nonlinearity (large displacements, large strains, stress stiffening), boundary nonlinearity due to contact, and material nonlinearity (creep, rate dependence, plasticity, temper­ature effects, residual stress). The commercial FEA software Abaqus is used for hands-on experience. Prereq­uisite: FEGN 526. Online course, approximately 15 hours per week, 3 semester hours. For more information about this program, visit the FEA Professional webpage.

Instructor: Dr. Anthony Petrella

HASS441/541 African Development

Course Description:This course provides a broad overview of the political economy of Africa. Its goal is to give students an understanding of the possibilities of African development and the impediments that currently block its economic growth. Despite substantial natural resources, mineral reserves, and human capital, most African countries remain mired in poverty. The struggles that have arisen on the continent have fostered thinking about the curse of natural resources where countries with oil or diamonds are beset with political instability and warfare. Readings give first an introduction to the continent followed by a focus on the specific issues that confront African development today. Prerequisite: HASS100. Corequisite: HASS200. 3 hours seminar; 3 semester hours.

Instructor: Dr. Derrick Hudson

SPRS502 Space Systems Engineering

Course Description:This course conveys the fundamentals of the systems engineering process as applied to large, complex space systems. It is intended for graduate students with various backgrounds. The students will become familiar with full scope of the systems engineering process from requirements definition, system design, system analysis through system verification. The process will be illustrated with real-world examples from current space systems with an emphasis on systems relevant to the development of space resources. Co-requisite: SPRS501. 3 hours lecture; 3 semester hours. Visit the Space Resources website for more information on the program.

Instructor: Dr. George Sowers

SPRS504 Economics of Space Resources

Course Description: This course provides an overview of economics and business topics that are commonly found in the space industries. Students will build a basic knowledge of economics, finance, and business issues that are relevant to space resource markets and industries. The big picture is to help provide perspective on what investors or the financial officers at companies are investing in and planning for in or around the space industry. Visit the Space Resources website for more information on the program.

Instructor: Dr. Ian Lange

Tentative Summer 2020 Online Courses

Full List

The summer online 2020 tentative schedule is now available. Please note these courses are subject to change and will be updated regularly.

Course Number Course Title Faculty
CEEN402 Project Engineering David Grimm
CBEN201 Material and Energy Balances Tracy Gardner
AMFG501 Introduction to Additive Manufacturing Craig Brice
EDNS315 Eng. for Social and Environmental Responsibility TBD
FEGN525 Advanced FEA Theory & Practice Anthony Petrella
CSCI261 Programming Concepts TBD
CSCI262 Data Structures TBD
MLGN598 Materials Science Graduate Lab Module (Hybrid) Xerxes Stierer
MEGN/AMFG499 Statistical Process Control and LEAN Manufacturing Jenifer Blacklock
EBGN201 Principles of Economics Scott Houser
PEGN102 Introduction to the Petroleum Industry Linda Battalora
GEOL410 Planetary Geology Lesli Wood
HASS201 Workshop Foundations: The Art and Craft of Creative Writing Seth Tucker
PHGN498 Elements Of Modern Optics Daniel Adams
PHGN100 Physics I – Mechanics Todd Ruskell
GPGN519 Advanced Formation Evaluation Brandon Dugan
MNGN557 Mineral Economics and Policy Paul Zink
MNGN551 Mine Accounting Paul Zink/Bill Wilson
MATH201 Probability and Statistics for Engineers Ashlyn Munson
CBEN311 Introduction to Neuroscience Cynthia Norrgran
CBEN322 Biological Psychology Cynthia Norrgran
FEGN528 FEA for Advanced Design Applications Tony Petrella
PEGN419 Logging Mansur Ermila
PEGN251 Petroleum Fluid Mechanics Xiaolong Yin
PEGN361 Completions Jorge Sampaio

Last update: 12/4/19


Review the tips below to apply to Mines. 


Follow the steps below to enroll in online courses. 

Note: Be sure to check the Academic Calendar for important dates.